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The Electronic Press Kit


"The best thing to come out of Barnsley since the A61 to Sheffield"
Jarvis Cocker, Pulp


"Very, very funny. One of the hardest working and best live acts on the planet, bringing light to dark corners and joy to babes and toothless mumblers alike. Lovely stuff."

Mike Harding, Comedian, Folk Musician, Author & Broadcaster

"When the North goes independent I am suggesting 'Too Good To Be Jus' is our national anthem. Great fun"

Jason Manford, Comedian


"A ridiculous, genius, hilarious, irresistible music maker, currently crowd-surfing to the bar and beyond, into the venues and music festivals of the UK."
Eliza Carthy MBE, Folk Musician

"An act that you will want to see over and over again. Absolutely hilarious"

Dave Pegg, Fairport Convention

"A Titan of Tomfoolery. He has without question added a dimension to the cultural life of Barnsley."

Dave Burland, Folk Musician

"He has earned as one of the festival scenes hottest bookings."
UK Festival Guides (Review)

"Left the audience in stitches with exquisitly crafted parodies. A kind of Yorkshire answer to Weird Al Yankovic. (5/5)"
Heather Kincaid - Wolverhampton What's On 

"A true sight to behold"
Derby Telegraph

"It would be hard to watch and not have a good time."
Anthony May -  (Review)

"It wasn't just the laugh out loud moments, of which there were many, but the sheer energy of the show and the stagecraft which made it a delight. Whatever your music tastes, there is not a chance you'll be disappointed"
Warrington Guar
dian (Review)

"It felt like everyone in the room was there for Scott, willing him on to make magic - and he did. He loves what he does and that enthusiasm, like cold sores, is infectious. And the stories. Oh, God the stories! Scott says he doesn't have a road map and I believe that. He took us down all the B-roads with diversions, road works, side tracks and at one point got us so lost we were nearly crying to be let out of the car (but he'd put the child locks on and someone needed a wee). Like a mad, knit-wear loving Ken Dodd. How tickled we were!"

Sue Parry (Review)


MUSIC (Two Live Shows: Theatre & Festival)


Since forming The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican in 2006, Scott has performed over 1300 shows, supporting, sharing a stage with or collaborating with the following notable acts...

Fairport Convention
The Levellers
The Darkness
The Flaming Lips
Brian Wilson
The Gipsy Kings
Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band
Chas & Dave
Frank Turner

Richard Thompson
John Otway
The Wurzels
The Blockheads
Afrocelt Soundsystem
Roy Wood
3 Daft Monkeys
Carter USM

Maartin Allcock (Fairport Convention/Jethro Tull)
The Wildhearts
Simon Friend (Levellers)
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Miles Hunt & Erica Nockalls (The Wonder Stuff)
Mark Chadwick (Levellers)
Tom Hingley (Inspiral Carpets)
Tony Christie
Ben Ottewell (Gomez)
The Sweet
Martin Carthy & Norma Waterson
Jon Gomm
Reverend & The Makers
Peter Donegan, 
Hugh Whitaker (The Housemartins)
Dub Pistols
The Everly Pregant Brothers

Ruts DC
... and even Dick & Dom!
Barnsley, South Yorkshire 
Established: 2006
Genre: Comedy/Parody/Folk  
Moon-On-A-Stick Records

As the charismatic frontman of the UK's hardest-working comedy band, 'The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican', Scott Doonican is a debonair and theatrical performer with superb hair and more style than you could shake a Milan catwalk at.

As a solo performer, Scott's 'One Man Show' shows are every bit as funny, dynamic and engaging as those with his band, and he is equally at ease in front of large festival crowds, as he would be in a theatre or down the pub. This is where Scott Doonican the story-teller, entertainer and consummate showman, gets the opportunity to take his band's extensive back-catalogue of comic-songs and perform them, stripped-back, on just his battered 'Workhorse' acoustic guitar or his little ukulele in his hand. Following, in the footsteps of his comedy-folk heroes (Mike Harding, Jasper Carrott, Billy Connolly, Richard Digance, Jake Thackeray et al), here, the Doonicans' side-splitting song-smithery, comes to the fore, often accompanied by with an abundance of cracking yarns, giving a charming insight to the inspiration behind them. He's on a mission to bring comedy-folk back to the masses for the 21st Century

After almost two decades of bringing smiles and belly-laughs to audiences across the UK; from Barnsley to Barnstaple, from Glasgow to Glastonbury Festival, Scott continues to wow audiences with a fine selection of The Bar-Steward Sons' greatest hits, including the likes of “The Lady In Greggs”, "How Deep Is Your Glove?", "Nandos", “Paint 'em Back", "Walking In Manpiss" and “If I Could Punch A Face… It’d Be Justin Bieber’s”.

With over 1275 shows under his belt to date, Scott Doonican is driven by the desire to leave his audiences with a big grin on their faces. He subscribes to the same wise words of his spiritual father, Val Doonican, that, "When you entertain the public, it's no good just having good music or singing, you must also have entertainment value, so people will go home having a good time".

So, can you trust him? To be silly, yes. To behave, hell no. Like a bus conductor standing in front of an orchestra with a spoon in one hand and a pint in the other, Scott Doonican is quite clearly here for a good time, not a long time. 


Glastonbury Festival 
The Avalon Stage (2019)
Avalon Cafe Stage (2019)

Fairport's Cropredy Convention
(2018, 2022)

Fairport's Cropredy Fringe Festival
(2019, 2021, 2023)

Beautiful Days, Devon
(2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024)

Cambridge Folk Festival (2019)

Wickham Festival (2019, 2021, 2022)

Shrewsbury Folk Festival (2023)

Bearded Theory, Derbyshire
(2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2022, 2023, 2024)

Ely Folk Festival (2023)

Warwick Folk Festival, Warwickshire (2019)
Towersey Festival, Oxfordshire
Rebellion Punk Festival, Lancashire
(2017, 2018)
Underneath The Stars, S Yorkshire
(2014, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023)
Wychwood Festival, Gloucestershire (2018)

Watchet Live, Somerset
(2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022)

Splendour Festival, Nottinghamshire

Farmer Phil's, Shropshire
(2015, 2016, 2017)

Acoustic Festival Of Britain, Derbyshire
(2014, 2017)

Beatherder Festival, Lancashire
(2010, 2011)
Godney Gathering, Somerset
(2017, 2018)
Live In Barnsley, S Yorkshire
(2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Something To Smile About, S Yorks.
(2016, 2017)
Deerstock, Nottinghamshire
(2014, 2015, 2016)
S.E. A Bit North, Cheshire
(2014, 2015)

S.E. In The Dean, Gloucestershire
S.E. In The Dunny, Oxon.

Whitwell Festival Of Music, Notts.
(2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Harefest, North Yorkshire
(2013, 2014, 2015)

Holmfirth Folk Festival, W Yorkshire
(2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022, 2023)

Sheffield Tramlines, S Yorkshire
Willowman Festival, N Yorkshire

Chickenstock, Kent (2022)

1771 Festival, Derbyshire (2022)

Dronfest, Derbyshire
Bostin' Days, Wolverhampton
(2016, 2018)

Grassington Festival, N Yorkshire

Rockstock & Barrel, Derbyshire
(2015, 2016)
Wistful Festival, Derbyshire
Volkspower Festival, Redcar, N Yorkshire
Hymerfest, Somerset
(2017, 2019)
Asparafest, Worcestershire

Macstock, Nottinghamshire
Dubs In The Dales Festival, N. Yorks. 
Equinox Festival, Lincolnshire
Audlem Festival of Music
(2012, 2013, 2017, 2019)
Wentworth Music Festival
Fuse Festival, Staffordshire
(2017, 2018)
Roystonbury Festival, Leicestershire
Off The Tracks Festival, Donington
(2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)

Musicport, Whitby, E Yorkshire
Moon-On-A-Stick Productions
(c/o High Five Music)  
Contact: Scott Doonican     


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